Leonards daughter dies of gunshot wound in Clark County
- Jim Redden
- Portland Tribune - News
UPDATE • Leonard's staff says wound was self-inflicted
The 31-year-old woman who died Sunday afternoon on Larch Mountain from a gunshot wound was identified Monday morning as City Commissioner Randy Leonard's daughter, Kara.
The Clark County Sheriff's Office said Kara Leonard died from a gunshot wound to the head. Leonard's staff said the wound was self-inflicted.
Larch Mountain is in east Clark County, Wash.
'Yesterday, after years of struggling with heroin addiction, Commissioner Leonard's daughter, Kara Marie Leonard, took her own life,' said Ty Kovatch, Randy Leonard's chief of staff. 'Kara was deeply loved by her family and friends who poured their hearts into helping her recover. Tragically, she was not able to overcome her addiction. Her family hopes that her life can help others find the inspiration they need to escape from the vicious cycle of addiction.'
Portland Mayor Sam Adams said Monday that his heart ached for Leonard and his family.
'Randy loved his daughter deeply, and worked tirelessly to help her get the care she needed as she fought for sobriety,' Adams said. 'My thoughts and prayers are with Randy and his family at this difficult time.'
Leonard has talked openly about his daughter's struggle with substance abuse. She is one of three children from a previous marriage. Her father also spoke about her difficulties in the 2007 documentary 'Finding Normal.'
Leonard has canceled his City Hall schedule this week and was not available for comment.